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Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone…

Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders,… (2007)

by Bill Bass, William M. Bass, Jon Jefferson (Author)

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    Bones: A Forensic Detective's Casebook by Douglas H. Ubelaker (Bookmarque)
    Bookmarque: Because Ubelaker's direct style is similar and his casebook is very interesting.
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    The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: AWD tangential to forensic anthropology. Of special interest is the chapter in BBF on exhuming the body of the Big Bopper and details of his embalming and burial vault, and discussion of likely types of decomposition.

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Patricia Cornwell wrote a book called The Body Farm, this book is about the REAL body farm where forensic research is done. Dr. Bass has spent many years researching bones and the effects of the elements on dead bodies. His expertise has helped convict murderers, identified loved ones and solved mysteries.

He recounts not only what goes on at the Farm but also many of the cases he has been on. He gives credit where credit is due, citing work done by other scientists and his students. His specialty is bones, he has also worked with teeth and his students have studied bugs, tool marks on bones and many things to help solve the cases that come their way.

This book did not delve deeply into his personal life, he does make brief mention, such as, “I didn't go on this case because my wife at the time was battling cancer ….” and “I have to give credit to my third wife …. because she made me do ….”. I think his other book Death’s Acre is more of a memoir than this, he refers to it and now it is on my To Be Read list.

Dr. Bass writes in a very informal manner, he explains things so the layperson can understand. It could be he learned this from his years testifying and having to make juries understand. He doesn’t go beyond his knowledge or experience, he admits when he doesn’t understand some aspect of forensic science. The result is an informative enjoyable book that I recommend. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Mar 29, 2013 |
Very good book on real-life forensic science. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Aug 19, 2011 |
This book was definitely and interesting read. Reading exactly how my cousin died broke my heart, and I really wish they hadn't put the photos in of her. Im sure that is just a personal reaction though and has no bearing on the readability of this book.The book promises an in depth look at the beginning of forensics, and it delivers just that. Definitely interesting. ( )
  BunnyCates | Jul 30, 2011 |
Another fascinating book. ( )
  shelleyraec | May 9, 2011 |
This book is for all those out there interested in the world of forensic science. The book includes cases from the legendary Body Farm, a forensic research center on the campus of The University of Tennessee. Dr. Bill Bass talks about the cases that led him to making the body farm and the cases that have helped invent new forensic techniques. A fast and easy read, even for those who do not have a forensic back ground.
  Britt1075 | Apr 15, 2010 |
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In memory of Dr. Wilton Krogman and Dr. Charlie Snow, pioneering forensic anthropologists and inspiring teachers
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One April morning fifty-one years ago, Charlie Snow, my anthropology professor at the University of Kentucky, walked into the bone lab as I was hunched over a tray of bones, and asked if I would like to come along on a human identification case. (Introduction)
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There is no scientist in the world like Dr. Bill Bass. A pioneer in forensic anthropology, Bass created the world's first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition—three acres of land on a hillside in Tennessee where human bodies are left to the elements. His research at "the Body Farm" has revolutionized forensic science, helping police crack cold cases and pinpoint time of death. But during a forensics career that spans half a century, Bass and his work have ranged far beyond the gates of the Body Farm. In this riveting book, the bone sleuth explores the rise of modern forensic science, using fascinating cases from his career to take readers into the real world of C.S.I.

Some of Bill Bass's cases rely on the simplest of tools and techniques, such as reassembling—from battered torsos and a stack of severed limbs—eleven people hurled skyward by an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory. Other cases hinge on sophisticated techniques Bass could not have imagined when he began his career: harnessing scanning electron microscopy to detect trace elements in knife wounds; and extracting DNA from a long-buried corpse, only to find that the female murder victim may have been mistakenly identified a quarter-century before.

In Beyond the Body Farm, readers will follow Bass as he explores the depths of an East Tennessee lake with a twenty-first-century sonar system, in a quest for an airplane that disappeared with two people on board thirty-five years ago; see Bass exhume fifties pop star "the Big Bopper" to determine what injuries he suffered in the plane crash that killed three rock and roll legends on "the day the music died"; and join Bass as he works to decipher an ancient Persian death scene nearly three thousand years old. Witty and engaging, Bass dissects the methods used by homicide investigators every day, leading readers on an extraordinary journey into the high-tech science that it takes to crack a case.

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A forensic anthropologist tracks the field's increasing sophistication as reflected by cases throughout his career, describing such newer technologies as DNA processing and electron microscopy, and examining past cases in which new developments proved pivotal.… (more)

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